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Garbage Collector

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Licence

Also known as Rubbish Collector, Waste Collector and Waste Management and Graffiti Officer.

Garbage collectors collect household, commercial and industrial waste for disposal or recycling.

Garbage collectors may operate their own business or work within a partnership collecting garbage bags and other rubbish from domestic and commercial premises.

Garbage collectors work outdoors in all weather conditions.

They may work early in the morning and at night.


    Garbage collectors may perform the following tasks:

  • ride in or on garbage trucks
  • collect waste and load it into bins or trucks
  • return empty domestic bins to footpaths
  • report incidences of graffiti
  • operate forklift and compacting equipment
  • drive trucks, street-sweeping machines or machinery at rubbish tips


  • enjoy outdoor and practical work
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Outdoor


No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Licence

You can work as a garbage collector without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

You can also become a garbage collector through a traineeship in Waste Management.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    You will need appropriate licences to drive vehicles and operate machinery. Truck drivers and garbage collectors involved in transporting waste products and toxic or flammable substances must have suitably endorsed licences.

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Property Services Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


The majority of garbage collectors work for private rubbish removal companies. Their services are then contracted by local councils and corporations.

With experience and further training, it is possible to progress to supervisory and management positions.

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